SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Norsk Titanium AS (Norsk) has recently declared that the first MERKE IV™ Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) machine has been shipped to Plattsburgh, NY, in advance of construction of the company’s new U.S. headquarters and manufacturing plant. The MERKE IV enables production of titanium components that have equivalent strength to forged parts but are delivered more inexpensively and efficiently, with unprecedented design-to-market speeds. Delivery of the cutting edge production machine will enable workforce training opportunities and represents the next phase of the partnership between New York State, SUNY Poly and Norsk Titanium, which is expected to create nearly 400 jobs and over USD 1B in investments over the next ten years.
“Our New York team is excited and ready for the arrival of the first MERKE IV machine in Plattsburgh,” said Norsk Titanium Senior Vice President of Operations Chris Bohlmann. “We have been working around the clock to prepare our facilities for a smooth ramp-up process as the first lot of 20 Rapid Plasma Deposition machines arrive in sequence.” The first machine is currently en route from Norway and scheduled for delivery in Plattsburgh on September 23, 2016. The Norsk manufacturing plant is scheduled to come online in 2017.